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Country Style Donuts to open West End location

The “King of the Doughnuts” is expanding his territory. Zouhair Nasserddine, owner of Country Style Donuts in Eastern Henrico, has announced the opening of a new store in the Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower, 8900 W. Broad Street.

Nasserddine, a native of Lebanon, earned the regal nickname while working for Dunkin’ Donuts in the 1970s.

“The owner saw him making doughnuts one day and called him the King of the Doughnuts,” said Nasserddine’s wife, Waswa. She says that the owner declared, “We can’t ever let this guy go!’” > Read more.

County monitoring water supply after oil spill in Lynchburg

No local impact exepcted, officials say
UPDATE: May 1, 3:55 P.M. – Henrico officials today said that they are taking a number of precautionary measures to protect the county's water supply, following yesterday's Lynchburg derailment of a train carrying crude oil, some of which spilled into the James River.

County officials anticipate that the oil could flow into the region after 6 p.m. today, based on estimates from state agencies and CSX. Officials emphasized there continues to be no indication the oil will enter the county’s water supply.

Assistant Director of Public Utilities William Mawyer said the county’s intake was 10 feet below the level of the James River yesterday, a depth that should allow any oil to pass over. If necessary, the county is prepared to close the intake temporarily. > Read more.

Henrico woman dies following Friday crash

An 86-year-old Varina woman died Saturday at VCU Medical Center from injuries she suffered when the car in which she was a passenger ran a stop sign at the intersection of Seven Hills Boulevard and Miller Road and struck two other vehicles.

Mildred L. Grady, of the 7000 block of Turner Road in Varina, was a passenger in a Ford Focus, which was being driven by a 55-year-old woman from Marathon, Fla. at about 1:05 p.m. April 25. The car was traveling north on Miller Road, nearing the intersection with Seven Hills Boulevard, when it ran the stop sign and collided with a GMC Sierra that was heading east on Seven Hills Boulevard. > Read more.

18 Henrico schools earn Va. index of Performance awards

UPDATE: APR. 29, 10:40 A.M. – Eighteen Henrico County public schools were among 212 schools statewide to earn 2014 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education announced today. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board. Awards are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during the 2012-13 school year.

Overall, Henrico earned more awards than every other school system in Virginia other than Fairfax County (52 awards) and Loudoun County (23). Locally, 11 Chesterfield County schools, seven Hanover County schools and one City of Richmond schools earned awards.

Henrico's Short Pump Middle School was one of just five schools in the state to earn the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award given. > Read more.

Store’s fans enjoy ‘shopping for a purpose’

Thrifting and thriving with ‘Sisters’

Bargain hunting in western Henrico got a whole lot easier once the sisters were born.

The Thrifty Sisters, that is.

Founded in Dec. 2012 to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP), who operate a home for the elderly on Michaels Road, the thrift store – located at 8911 Patterson Avenue – has far exceeded expectations.

For the shop’s initial year, organizers set a goal of donating $10,000 to help the Sisters in their mission at St. Joseph’s Home. But in only 15 months of operation, the store’s proceeds resulted in donations of $50,000 – and board members are scrambling to expand their storage and retail space to help the resale outlet grow. > Read more.

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Community

Hermitage hosts holiday craft fair


Hermitage High School hosted its first-annual holiday craft fair Dec. 1 at the school. A number of vendors offered unique holiday and Christmas items for sale.
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Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the holiday season through several concerts in Henrico this weekend: The Central Virginia Wind Symphony, the Richmond Men’s and Women’s Chorus and The Ranier Trio all perform. Theatre performances this weekend are at HATTheatre and the Gayton Kirk. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Trees the season

“Illumina – Festival of Trees” opened Dec. 1 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, featuring a festive display of Christmas trees – each with its own special theme. The exhibit was designed by curator Yvonne Hopkins and continues at the center through Jan. 3. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10

Local theatre is in full swing this weekend – check out Henrico Theatre Company, Henley Street Theatre and Deep Run High School. Also, get your shopping shoes on for holiday gifts! Local artisans will be at Hermitage High School and St. John’s Catholic Church on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brick oven bravado

Staff, selection impress at Short Pump’s Tazza Kitchen
Before I am comfortable writing a review of a restaurant, I like to visit it twice. Invariably, I find that differences in the timing of a visit can result in vastly different experiences.

Even though I may find a place appealing the first time around, it frequently disappoints me the next time. And if I don't care for a place on the first try, I think it deserves a chance to redeem itself – which it almost always does.

Tazza Kitchen is that rare restaurant that had me at hello, at the getting-to-know-you stage, and at goodbye after both my visits. And trust me, there will be more visits to come. > Read more.

A love story, or a moral mess?

Film’s message gets lost amidst mix of melodrama, candy coating
I’m in Love with a Church Girl lays out everything you need to know right there in the title.

Miles Montego (Jeffrey Atkins, who may be more recognizable under his stage name, Ja Rule), is a notorious drug kingpin, but when he meets the church-going girl of his dreams, will he be able to part with the glamour and the money of the drug game? > Read more.

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